In The Look of Love, Friel plays Jean, his long-suffering wife, and mother to his daughter Debbie, who was being groomed to take over her father's empire until her drug addiction proved fatal.“I spent the entire film surrounded by lots of naked breasts,” she notes.“I found I became immune to them in the end.” It's entirely possible her co-stars David Walliams, Dara O'Briain, Chris Addison and Steve Coogan (who plays Raymond) didn't.The British actress is also a fan of Jennifer Lawrence and admires the level-headedness of the young star. I mean you look at some of these newcomers and you just go ‘You’ve done it right’. It’s all perfect.” Friel is currently working on new Scandinavian drama The Heavy Water War, set in World War II and shot in three languages (Norwegian, German and English).She plays Captain Julie Smith, part of a covert British-Norwegian operation that stopped Hitler from developing an atomic bomb.
“Every now and then, they would improvise, and of course when one improvised, the others did as well, and then they would just run with it. I laughed so much.” The film also marks something of a crossroads for the actress: peopled, as it is, with lissom young women, her role is that of matriarch. That's what I love about acting, the chameleon nature of it all, and the chance to really lose yourself inside a character.” She tells me that several times directors have paid her the ultimate compliment – that she is a fine actress – but that they consider her too pretty for a role. Acting should be about so much more than the way you look.” Which is why she jumped at playing Jean Raymond.“It's a curious experience, watching yourself on-screen as an old, or at least older, woman. Besides, I suppose I'm going to have to get used to it.”Anne Friel's first ambition was to become a barrister.
She said: "I think one of the things that draws us together so much is our need to feel safe.
You know, everyone has to go out there and face the massive wide world and face rejection and it's nice to have a sanctuary and a place to go and a pair of big arms around you and someone to say, 'Oh, you're all right'."He is brilliant with Gracie.
We know what it is to be underpaid and worked to the bone.
The 'Pushing Daisies' actress - who has been dating the 44-year-old actor since the beginning of the year after meeting him on the set of new TV movie 'Neverland' - is smitten with the 'Notting Hill' star, and he even gets on well with her six-year-old daughter Gracie, who she had with her ex-partner of 10 years David Thewlis.